The Florida Gators are looking to add cornerbacks to the 2017 class to build depth and replace stars from “DBU” over the past few years.
Cornerback Latavious Brini (6-2, 200, Hialeah, Mater Academy) is a Georgia commit, but that hasn’t stopped the Gators from continuing to recruit him. Although he didn’t work out, Brini seemed to enjoy his time in Gainesville.
“Coach [Randy] Shannon and I have a great relationship, and we go far back,” Brini said. “He tells me not to fall for what every college tells me. Don’t fall for every song you hear.”
Brini committed to Georgia only two weeks ago, but said he talks to linebackers coach Randy Shannon often.
“Coach Randy doesn’t lie,” Brini said. “He tells you to come in and fight for your position.”
Brini knows there are other cornerbacks the Gators are after, and he discussed that.
“He (Coach Shannon) told me some of the DBs the Gators are recruiting,” Brini said. “He tells me if I want to come here, I need to come in and compete.”
Brini, a committed prospect, told GatorCountry he is about “90 percent committed to Georgia.” However, other schools may still be in the mix.
“Miami and Florida and maybe Southern Cal.”
Those two instate schools give Brini something to think about, he said.
“Close to home, having family come to watch you play and cheer for you. That’s a blessing.”
Brini is done visiting for the rest of the summer but said he is planning to take an official visit to Florida for the LSU game, and he will take all five official visits.
When asked what he is looking for in a school, Brini expressed education as a priority.
“But also to feel at home and feel like, ‘Wow someone really loves me and doesn’t just want me there,’” Brini said.
Brini also talked about why he committed to Georgia and what he likes most about the university.
“The coaches Kirby Smart, Mel Tucker, guys from the NFL and behind Saban… I couldn’t pass on that.”
Insiders Take: There are corners above Brini on the board for the Gators, but should they miss, it’s important to keep a relationship here. His visit revealed a mutual interest is still in existence. The Gators will monitor and be involved with Brini’s recruitment throughout the fall and he will take an official. His relationship with Coach Shannon is a plus for the Gators, but Brini’s off-field concerns still require caution.